Facilities and Services

Texas Tech University Farm at Pantex. The university operates the Texas Tech University Farm at Pantex, located 12 miles east of Amarillo. This farm consists of approximately 5,822 acres of deeded land and an agricultural use permit on an additional 5,304 acres controlled by the Department of Energy. The farm serves as a valuable resource for agricultural research and education, adding strength, flexibility, and prestige to the academic programs at Texas Tech.

Texas Tech University Junction Campus. The Texas Tech University Junction campus encompasses 411 acres, including large stands of river-bottom pecan woodland, on the South Llano River in the Texas Hill Country. The campus consists of two academic buildings, a large lecture hall and dining area, four classroom and living quarter study areas, a two-story laboratory and faculty housing unit, and two combination seminar and housing units. Within these structures are twelve classrooms, four wetlabs, a darkroom, a library, and offices. The campus also contains an art complex of three cabins and a covered kiln area. Air-conditioned accommodations can provide for up to 130 people while an additional 100 can be housed in 10 rustic screened cabins that share a large central bathhouse. Full meal service is available year round for groups of 20 or more.

Technical resources include a state-of-the-art multimedia conferencing system, an interactive distance learning classroom with twelve PCs, and a new ten-station computer graphics lab. Also available are multiple Internet ports for personal PCs.

The campus offers regular, full-credit undergraduate and graduate courses in intensive format over three-week periods during May through July. These courses ordinarily include art, biology, botany, zoology, geography, photography, education, and foreign languages. In addition to regular credit courses, the center is used for workshops, retreats, continuing education short courses, and other special activities. The center is available to Texas Tech student organizations, faculty groups, and researchers. The richness of the flora and fauna and the beauty of the physical setting create an unusually relaxing atmosphere for these programs while also providing the opportunity for intensive academic study.

Information about courses and activities may be obtained from the Academic Director of the Junction Campus, (806) 742-1621, Mail Stop 2019.

Office of International Affairs. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is composed of a division of immigration services and student advisement; an Overseas Resource Center for study abroad, international sponsored student recruitment, and alumni development; the International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies (ICASALS); the Division of Public Education for K-12 students; the International Cultural Center; and several support units. OIA facilitates programs that bring an international dimension to the university's roles in teaching, research, and public service. OIA works with and assists the various units of the university, coordinating international activities at Texas Tech.

The immigration division provides information, counseling, and advisement to international students and scholars on all noncurricular issues including immigration regulations, financial issues, personal concerns, and general American academic questions. The office also coordinates cross-cultural programming and other extracurricular activities with campus- and community-based organizations to facilitate development of cross-cultural understanding. OIA offers customized services to sponsoring agencies and students. Services to sponsoring agencies include monitoring of placement, customized billing procedures, timely reports, special program design, and maintenance of communications. Special counseling and advising, orientation, and administrative services are provided to sponsored students. An administrative fee of at least $250 per semester and $125 per summer term enrolled is charged for sponsored international students. See also the Overseas Resource Center section in this catalog for information on Texas Tech opportunities for study abroad. The public education division, funded through the university with the support of an external organization, provides an outreach program of an international dimension for K-12 students. ICASALS provides special research and sustainable development projects for faculty, staff, and students. See the ICASALS entry for additional information. The International Cultural Center houses all units of the Office of International Affairs; a library featuring specialized publications, videotapes, and CD-ROMs; the CNN World Report Television Archive; and the area studies programs of the university. It offers attractive facilities for all types of meetings, conferences, and special events and represents Texas Tech's commitment to internationalization.

Overseas Opportunities Resource Center. A period of time spent studying abroad is of more importance today than ever before. Students in almost any field will be more competitive in the globalized job market if they have studied abroad. For example, pre-med students will be more competitive when applying to a medical school if they have studied abroad. The reason for this is that study abroad offers a kind of education that can be obtained in no other way than through the experience of living in another culture for in this situation one is afforded the opportunity to view one's own culture through the eyes of another culture. This opportunity broadens one's perception of the world and enables one to gain skills in working cooperatively with people from other cultures. The experience obviously offers the opportunity to improve facility in other languages, to study problems and approaches to problems that are specific to other areas, and to gain a new understanding of oneself and one's own culture.

Many of the foreign language areas and other departments offer their own programs in the summer. Additionally, the Overseas Resources Center, a unit of the Office of International Affairs, coordinates reciprocal student exchanges with institutions in Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, Turkey, and Central and South America. This type of exchange allows qualified Texas Tech students to trade places with students from other countries for a year or semester and to receive credit and grades for their academic work. The cost of these exchanges is usually much less than that of many other education abroad programs, and participants remain eligible for financial aid and scholarships through Texas Tech University.

There are also affiliated study abroad programs in which Texas Tech students pay tuition to another institution or program with which the university has an affiliation agreement. Through the center, participants in these programs remain registered in a non-tuition-bearing registration while they are away so that they are not required to reapply for admission upon return to the United States. They also remain eligible for financial aid and scholarships through Texas Tech. Transfer credit is earned for academic work completed on these programs. We can literally send students almost anywhere in the world on these programs-to Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia.

In addition to coordinating programs, the center maintains a reference library of catalogs and announcements of overseas educational, work abroad, internships, and volunteer programs. These programs include those offered by Texas Tech departments as well as those sponsored by other institutions. The staff of the center helps students clarify their objectives for overseas opportunities and assists them in identifying educationally sound programs. The staff assist students throughout the application process including an all-day orientation program to prepare students for their international experience, and, upon their return, the awarding of credit for academic work completed while abroad. Students wishing to study abroad are advised to begin planning at least one year in advance of their departure.

ICASALS. The International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies (ICASALS), a division of the Office of International Affairs, was created in 1966 to promote the university's special missionthe interdisciplinary study of arid and semiarid environments and the human relationships and problems of those areas, which encompass about one-third of the earth's land surface.

ICASALS' purpose is to stimulate, coordinate, and implement teaching, research, and public service activities related to all aspects of the world's arid and semiarid areas. ICASALS brings together the sciences, technologies, humanities, and arts, with those regions where low productivity and low rainfall significantly affect the inhabitants and economies involved. ICASALS serves as a contracting unit of the university for international sustainable development programs.

A special emphasis on arid and semiarid environments is available in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design. Students may also take a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies of arid lands.

Approximately 150 Texas Tech faculty have been designated "ICASALS Associates" and provide a broad base of expertise for the numerous and varied functions of the center.

Disseminating information about arid lands research and development, ICASALS publishes a newsletter with international readership. It supports and facilitates publications resulting from symposia, research, and professional meetings. ICASALS operates an international data exchange and coordinates research and consultations for international scholars, government officials, and students coming to Texas Tech for scholarly purposes.

Museum. The Museum of Texas Tech University is located on the campus at 4th Street and Indiana. Its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about natural and cultural material from Texas, the Southwest, and other regions related by natural history, heritage, and climate.

The building, completed in 1970, contains over 190,000 square feet of galleries, research facilities, classrooms, work areas, and storage space. The Museum complex includes the main museum building, Moody Planetarium, Natural Science Research Laboratory, Diamond M Wing, Lubbock Lake Landmark facilities, and a 92-acre natural science and archaeological site in Val Verde County. A 40-foot mural, created in India ink by Peter Rogers, dominates the lobby. Museum exhibits include permanent and temporary displays drawn from its own collections as well as traveling exhibits.

The Moody Planetarium, an 82-seat auditorium with a Spitz A4 projector, has daily programs for the public. These programs are at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening, and 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A Master of Arts degree in Museum Science is offered using the entire museum as the teaching laboratory.

Although the chief source of funding for the Museum staff and facilities is Legislative appropriation, additional support for programs and exhibitions comes from the Museum of Texas Tech University Association and granting agencies. Membership in the support associations is open to all persons interested in the Museum.

The Museum Education division conducts tours and programs throughout the year, including curriculum-based tours for public schools, public workshops and lectures, special events, and opening activities for major exhibitions. Volunteers from the community and Texas Tech are always needed and welcome.

The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday (Thursday evening until 8:30 p.m.), and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday.

Lubbock Lake Landmark. The Lubbock Lake Landmark, a renowned archaeological and natural history preserve, contains a complete cultural record from the Clovis Period (12,000 years ago) through historic times, making Lubbock one of the oldest communities in the world. The Museum offers tours, out-reach, and programs related to the archaeological and natural history research that is on-going at the Landmark. Community and student volunteers assist in much of the educational programming offered at the site. The Landmark is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Lubbock Lake Landmark is closed on Monday.

National Ranching Heritage Center. The NRHC is a 16-acre outdoor museum of 35 historic structures, dating from the late 1780s to the early 1930s, that have been moved to the site from locations throughout the state. The structureswhich include windmills, bunk house, one-room school house, half-dugout, train depot, barns, blacksmith shop, and morehave been authentically restored and illustrate the development of the ranching industry in the Southwest. The National Ranching Heritage Center was dedicated on July 4, 1976. Special annual events include Ranch Day in the fall and Candlelight at the Ranch in December. The Ranch Host organization is comprised of community and student volunteers who help with these and other events at the Ranch.

The NRHC is open to the public free of charge Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Landmark Arts Galleries. The mission of Landmark Arts: the Galleries of Texas Tech University is to promote fine arts development in our community through a comprehensive program of exhibitions, symposia and workshops, publications, and hands-on experience with working artists. A component of the School of Art, the program integrates academic and professional experience.

The six galleries of Landmark Arts are Landmark Gallery, Studio Gallery, Folio, South Gallery, SROPhoto, and Sculpture Alternative. The Landmark Gallery exhibits contemporary art by professional artists. Typically, exhibitions will feature residencies by artists with national and international reputations. The gallery hosts programs that engage campus and Lubbock community participation. Folio Gallery is a works-on-paper venue that displays prints, photographs, and drawings by professional artists and provides a study venue for the School of Art Colorprint collection of prints. The Studio Gallery and South Gallery offer student-driven exhibitions such as the capstone exhibitions of the M.F.A., B.F.A., and Art Teachers Certificate programs, the annual undergraduate juried competition, as well as work by alumni. SROPhoto Gallery presents the viewer with wide-ranging exhibitions of fine art photography by professional artists. Sculpture Alternative functions as an experimental art laboratory for projects in sculpture and electronic media. Exhibitions are experimental installations produced by students and visiting artists.

The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Libraries. The latest technology is integrated into library search and retrieval systems in order to strengthen both undergraduate and graduate programs. The libraries provide on-campus and off-campus access to a number of full-text, bibliographic, and electronic journals and databases covering a range of subjects. A variety of other online services are also provided at the university library's Web site at <www.lib.ttu.edu>, including access to the library catalogs of other libraries on campus, the Health Sciences library, and research libraries worldwide.

The 2.1 million volumes in the collection provide rich and timely support for the humanities, social sciences, and science-technology programs of the university. Nearly 2 million microforms hold images of many specialized collections such as Western Americana, Wright's American Fiction, and Early American Imprints. Periodicals and other serial formats total over 20,000 titles, including those in electronic format.

The university library is a Patent and Trademark depository and is one of two regional depositories for United States government documents in Texas.

An interlibrary loan service brings needed material to students from libraries throughout the world. Reference and service counters are located on each floor of the University Library, and librarians and trained staff provide a supportive and caring environment for students. Reciprocal borrowing agreements allow Texas Tech students to use libraries at other Texas public colleges and universities, as well as some private institutions. The University Library is open over 100 hours a week during each semester, and there are extended hours during final exam periods.

The university library has recently undergone extensive renovation to create a pleasant environment conducive to study and research.

Southwest Collection-Special Collections Library. This library is composed of Rare Books, the University Archive, the Vietnam Archive, the Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative, and the Southwest Collection. The Southwest Collection is the regional repository for historical information pertaining to West Texas and the Southwest. It has collected and makes available for research more than 1,600 collections of personal papers and noncurrent business and institutional records, as well as a noncirculating library of Texana, Western Americana, maps, periodicals, photographs, newspapers, taped interviews, films, videotapes, and microfilm.

All materials may be used by both the university community and the general public for research or reference. The Southwest Collection is located in the new Southwest Collection-Special Collections Library Building north of the University Library. Service is provided 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Inquiries and donations are welcomed. Tours are available.

Municipal Auditorium--Coliseum. The Municipal Auditorium--Coliseum, located on the north edge of the campus near Jones Stadium, is operated by the City of Lubbock. Its facilities are frequently rented by the university for such occasions as convocations, registration, graduation exercises, cultural events, basketball games, rodeos, and other special events. The auditorium will seat approximately 3,200 persons and the coliseum, approximately 10,000 persons. Rental arrangements are made through the City of Lubbock.

International Textile Center. The International Textile Center (ITC) is a complete research and education facility at Texas Tech University. It is equipped and staffed to conduct the full range of research and development activities, from small-scale testing through large-scale manufacturing. Its activities revolve around research, testing, and evaluating cotton, wool, mohair, cashmere, other plant and animal fibers, and diverse man-made fibers; production and evaluation of yarns and fabrics; alternative textile processing systems; dyeing and finishing; and special yarn and fabric treatments. A fundamental objective is to foster greater use of the natural fibers and increase textile manufacturing in Texas.

Facilities at the ITC occupy 110,000 square feet of floor space and include a lecture hall equipped with audio and visual aids; a special-purpose library on fiber and textile subjects; a Materials Evaluation Laboratory equipped to measure properties of fibers, yarns, and fabrics; a Short Staple Spinning Laboratory equipped to handle all types of cotton and cotton blends; a Long Staple Spinning Laboratory for those animal, plant, and man-made fibers that are too long to process on the cotton system; a Weaving Laboratory capable of producing plain and fancy woven fabrics; a Knitting Laboratory with circular and warp knitting machines; a Chemical Finishing Laboratory with computerized color matching and quality control; a Chemical Processing Laboratory with commercial-scale equipment for dyeing and finishing raw fibers, yarn packages, and fabrics; and a Chemical Properties Laboratory for analyzing fiber contents, structures, and contaminants of textile materials.

The ITC is an integral part of the university's academic programs. It is used by the colleges of Engineering, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and Human Sciences for advanced degree programs, for special problems courses, and to otherwise augment course curricula. Also, post-graduate research is done by scholars from all over the world.

Other activities include the Texas International Cotton School, which is sponsored by the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and held twice a year at the ITC. Special short courses, conferences, and seminars may be arranged for companies, organizations, and associations. Special tours of ITC facilities may also be scheduled by appointment; more than four thousand people annually visit the ITC.

Computing Services. Current faculty, staff, and students have access to IBM (MVS), Compaq (OpenVMS/Alphaserver), and UNIX computing systems, as well as various types of microcomputers for use in their education, research, and administrative activities. eRaider accounts also give faculty, staff, and students interactive access, e-mail, and personal Web pages, and aliases.

Academic Computing Services (ACS), based in the Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC) in the west, lower level of the Library, provides access to state-of-the-art large systems, servers, and microcomputer equipment and services. Microcomputers available in ATLC labs include Power Macintosh, iMAC, and Dell PC systems. Also available are machines designated as Disabled Access Priority Area (DAPA), Visually Impaired Access Stations (VIAS), and scanner stations. Telnet access to the Compaq VMScluster and the IBM system is available in the ATLC and in most academic buildings. The OpenVMS systems on TTUnet, the campus network, serve as the primary academic large-system computing resource for instruction and research. Services on the OpenVMS systems include general-purpose computing (programming languages, statistical programs, and laser printing). ATLC resources include four instructional and general-use labs, an open-access computing area, a teleconference room, a Help Desk, a print dispatch area, and a 24-hour computing lab (ATLC West, located in the Chitwood/Weymouth complex).

ACS Help Desk support personnel assist users with a wide range of academic computing problems. Staff consultants teach shortcourses and help users with in-depth problems on the various computing resources available from ACS and University Computing Services (UCS). ACS produces both printed and on-line documentation, including four newsletters a year, a campus computing magazine, help guides, and manuals on ACS computing systems and services. Most documentation is made available on the Internet as well. ACS systems are used also to provide Web hosting, mailing list hosting, and other Web services for individuals and departments at Texas Tech.

Desktop Support is a division of the Customer Service branch of Technology Services. Desktop Support provides on-site support to faculty and staff with IBM-compatible PCs. The support personnel will assist employees with virtually any need related to their PC. The scope of this support includes, but is not limited to, issues concerning e-mail, printing, and mainframe connections.

Academic departments also provide computing resources for students and faculty in their areas.

Internet access is available for use by computing and network account holders. Messages and files may be transferred to other universities and other research organizations in Texas, the United States, and other countries. Access to on-line catalogs for Texas Tech libraries is provided via the TTUnet academic network. Dial-up (PPP) and World-Wide Web services are available on TTUnet.

UCS operates an IBM 9672-R26 mainframe system supporting administrative, instructional, and research activities and offers such services as general-purpose computation, laser printing, optical scanning, and tape rental and storage.

For more information on the systems and software supported by Academic Computing Services and University Computing Services, go to the ACS Web site at <www.acs.ttu.edu>.

KTXT-;FM and KOHM (FM). KTXT-FM and KOHM are university-owned radio stations. KTXT-FM, managed by the School of Mass Communications, operates on a frequency of 88.1 Mhz with a power of 35,000 watts (ERP) and provides a service of music, news, and special programs of interest to the campus community. It also provides a channel of communication within the Texas Tech community and from the university to the Lubbock community. Managed by a faculty director and staffed by Texas Tech students, station facilities are also used by students enrolled in telecommunications courses. KOHM operates on a frequency of 89.1 Mhz with a power of 50,000 watts (ERP). An affiliate of National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI), the station also provides classical music and fine arts programming to the South Plains. KOHM is operated by the Division of Outreach and Extended Studies with a professional staff.

KTXT-TV. A noncommercial educational television station, KTXT-TV (Channel 5) is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to the university's Board of Regents and operates within the Provost's area. The broadcast operation is part of a telecommunications service center that includes a seven-channel cable system, capable of feeding instructional television programming to classrooms throughout the campus, and a multiterminal telecommunications receive-only earth station, providing the university's principal access to communications satellites.

Channel 5's office, studio, production, master-control, transmitter and engineering facilities, and its 817-foot antenna-tower are located on the southwestern campus triangle, west of Indiana Avenue. From this location the station broadcasts approximately 90 hours (throughout most of the year) of very diverse programming each week. The signal coverage zone (encompassing the geographical area within a 60-mile radius of Lubbock) contains a population of approximately 380,000.

KTXT-TV is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), a noncommercial network of 363 television stations interconnected by satellite. The station is staffed by professional personnel who produce many of the programs it broadcasts. They also produce programming to satisfy nonbroadcasting needs of the university and the community.

Much of the station's regular programming is used in the university's classroom instruction. In addition, the station purchases, produces, or otherwise acquires instructional television series (which have been designed as college-credit courses or as less formal noncredit courses) and broadcasts them on special schedules as a bonus service to the university and Channel 5's South Plains viewers.

Texas Tech University Theatre. A regular schedule of major dramatic productions is presented each school year under the direction of professionally qualified members of the theatre arts faculty. Plays are chosen so that each student generation has an opportunity to see a representative selection of the great plays of the past as well as works by modern playwrights. These plays are presented on the main stage of the Charles E. Maedgen, Jr., Theatre, which seats 395 patrons in a comfortable, continental arrangement.

A program of contemporary and original student-directed productions and a summer repertory season are presented in the Maedgen's Laboratory Theatre, an intimate, thrust-stage performance space. All Texas Tech students are eligible to audition for roles in TTUT plays or to work on production crews.

Check Cashing Services. For convenience of the student, personal checks printed with magnetic ink characters may be cashed for limited amounts at the University Center upon presentation of current student identification card and valid driver's license. Checks returned by the bank may subject the student to suspension of check cashing privileges and/or disciplinary action.

The University Center also has several automatic teller machines available for students' use. Anyone having the ATM access cards honored by financial institutions may use these machines for a variety of transactions. The ATMs are located in the northwest lobby of the center and are normally accessible 24 hours a day.

The Texas Tech Credit Union has free check cashing services for members of the credit union at three on-campus locations: 166 Administration Building; 1A99 HSC; and at the main office at 18th and Knoxville (just west of Indiana). There is a 24-hour ATM at the 18th and Knoxville location.

Learning Center. Under the direction of the Programs for Academic Support Services (P.A.S.S.), the Learning Center, located in 205 West Hall, provides students with learning assistance in the form of study skills and other special topic presentations, individual academic skills counseling, in-house and online peer tutoring, and a self-help learning lab. (Video and audio tapes, printed materials, and computer software may be available in mathematics, English, study skills, history, and other specific subject areas. Test preparation guides are available for the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, LSAT, and MCAT.) Supplemental Instruction is also offered in a limited number of subjects. SI targets historically difficult courses and provides students with regularly scheduled modified forms of discussion sessions. All students enrolled in Texas Tech may use the center free of charge. Hours of operation are 8 a.m-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m-5 p.m. Friday, and 2-6 p.m. Sunday during the fall and spring semesters; 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer.

McNair Scholars Program. The Texas Tech McNair Scholars Program has been established to prepare first-generation undergraduate students from low-income families for doctoral study. Twenty outstanding Texas Tech University students participate in the program. Students are chosen in their junior and senior year and continue to actively participate in the program until they graduate with a baccalaureate degree. The program provides preparation for doctoral study by supplying information, learning assessments, research experiences, academic experiences, cultural experiences, graduate student mentoring, faculty mentoring, and financial assistance. McNair Scholars participate in the program for approximately four semesters.

Psychology Clinic. The Psychology Clinic, located on the ground floor at the east end of the Psychology Building, was established primarily to provide practicum experience for advanced graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology. Psychological testing and long- and short-term counseling and psychotherapy are available to Texas Tech students and staff and to children and adults in the community. Clients are often referred to the clinic by other agencies or individuals, but no referral is necessary.

Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic. The Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, with facilities on the east side of the Health Sciences Center, serves as a practicum site for students in the Department of Communication Disorders. Under faculty supervision, students in speech-language pathology and audiology provide clinical services for the students, faculty, and staff of Texas Tech University and other residents of West Texas and eastern New Mexico. Assessment services and therapy are available for children and adults with hearing problems or disorders in language, voice, stuttering, or articulation. Individuals are accepted by self-referral and upon referral from other professionals. Anyone needing these services should contact the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic Office at 743-5678.

Transcript Service. Copies of a student's transcript are available upon written request to the Registrar's Office. Adequate notice is required for transcript processing. Contact the Office of the Registrar, Box 45015, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-5015.

Transcripts furnished from other institutions become the property of Texas Tech University.

Official transcripts may be withheld from a student who has an administrative hold on his or her record until the hold has been released. For information about administrative holds and the status of holds on students' records, refer to the section on "Administrative Holds" in this catalog.

Recreational Sports. The Department of Recreational Sports serves the leisure needs of Texas Tech students through its eight main divisions: intramurals, open recreation, sport clubs, aquatics, clinics and classes, special events, fitness, and outdoor pursuits.

Through the intramural program, competition is offered in many coed, men's, and women's sports activities. These competitive activities include individual, dual, and team competition organized for residence halls, clubs, fraternities, sororities, and for unaffiliated students in an "open" division. A campus community (CC) program has also been developed to provide competition for graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Open recreation provides an opportunity for informal, nonscheduled activities at the various recreational facilities on campus for students, faculty, and staff. The Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center, which will be completing a 65,000-square-foot addition during the fall semester, has over 196,000 square feet of activity space and provides for most indoor recreational needs. Included in the building will be seven basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor soccer arena, a 6,500-square-foot Olympic weight room, over 10,000 square feet of cardiovascular machines and selectorized weight machines, and a four-lane, 1/8 mile elevated jogging track. Also available are two aerobic/dance studios, a 52 foot high climbing center, 12 racquetball courts, a fitness/wellness center, locker rooms, and a new outdoor pursuits center. The facility will be one of the finest in the nation when completed. The program also provides court reservation opportunities for tennis courts, fitness equipment, racquetball, and for checkout of a variety of sports equipment.

Sport clubs offer a unique diversion from academic life through instruction and extramural or intercollegiate athletic competition on a club basis. Organized clubs include soccer, rugby, bowling, wrestling, lacrosse, water ski, aikido, kendo, racquetball, swimming, polo, judo, volleyball, cycling, rifle, pistol, fencing, and tae kwon doall of which receive some funding from the Department of Recreational Sports.

Texas Tech's indooroutdoor aquatic facility, which adjoins the Student Recreation Center, offers a wide range of water sports and activities to students. This facility is one of the most unusual in the nation, with a removable bubble top that allows participants to enjoy an outdoor facility during warm-weather months. The aquatic facilities and programs are available to students daily throughout the year.

The clinic and class program includes noncredit instruction in weight training, racquetball, squash, tennis, and other recreation-related activities. Fitness activities include a wide range of aerobics, fitness testing, individual analysis, and exercise prescription.

The special event program includes weekend tournaments, fun runs, triathlons, international olympics, and various other wild and zany recreational activities. Information on special rules and dates of activities can be obtained from the office on the upper level of the Student Recreation Center.

The outdoor pursuits center provides a unique service for students, faculty, and staff. It includes an outdoor equipment rental shop, regularly scheduled trip outings, and a resource area with information on outdoor activities. Students may reserve a variety of equipment ranging from canoes to lanterns through the outdoor program. The outdoor pursuits center is located near the main entrance to the Student Recreation Center.

Motor Vehicle Regulations. Students who operate motor vehicles on campus are required to register their vehicles and comply with the currently approved and published Traffic and Parking Regulations. This publication and vehicle registration forms are available at the Traffic and Parking Services Office.

Texas Tech Police Department. This branch of university operations is supervised by the Deputy Chancellor for Administration. It provides police and security services for the entire Texas Tech community (which is much larger than many towns in Texas) in addition to handling campus traffic and parking problems during times when the Traffic and Parking Office is closed.

Extended Studies. Extended Studies is one of three departments in the Division of Outreach and Extended Studies. Extended Studies administers the following: print and Web-based distance learning college courses, including an external Bachelor of General Studies degree; Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUiSD); and noncredit professional development and community outreach offerings. Interested students may request information about any of these programs by contacting Extended Studies at (806) 742-7200 or by visiting the office on the second floor of McClellan Hall or at 6901 Quaker Avenue.

The Bachelor of General Studies External Degree Program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences through Extended Studies, is a challenging program for exceptional students. Students taking this Extended Studies program must meet the same academic requirements as students in the resident program. Interested students may obtain an External Degree Application from Extended Studies. The application form and a $65 evaluation fee should be submitted to Texas Tech University External Degree, Box 42191, TTU, Lubbock, TX 79409. Additionally, students should request that transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended be sent to the same address.

College-level credit courses are offered in an asynchronous print-based format and, when available, online. The self-paced design of the courses allows many students to stay on track with their degree plans when scheduling conflicts occur. Academic departments ensure that all Extended Studies college credit courses are equivalent in quality to courses taken in residence.

A Texas Tech resident student may apply up to 18 hours of course work completed at a distance through Extended Studies toward a bachelor's degree. Such a student may not enroll in or complete an Extended Studies course during the last semester or summer term before graduation unless the enrollment is approved by his or her academic dean. No more than 6 hours of the final 30 hours may be completed at a distance through Extended Studies, and none of the 6 hours may be part of the major or minor resident degree requirements. A student who has failed a course taken in residence may take that course or a degree-plan alternative through Extended Studies with approval of the academic dean.

Students must take a final exam at least 30 days before the semester ends to receive a grade for that semester. Final examinations are administered after all graded lessons have been returned to the Extended Studies office. Exceptions require instructor approval.

To enroll in an Extended Studies distance education course, the enrollment form located in the back of the Extended Studies Catalog or on the Web site must be completed. All Texas Tech students must have the signature of their academic deans on the enrollment forms. The cost for a college-level course is $80 per semester hour, plus a $25 administrative fee and the cost of any textbooks or materials.

University students may take elective courses through Extended Studies on a pass-fail basis under the same regulations governing resident students. Extended Studies must receive the pass-fail form, signed by the student's dean, before the first course lesson may be submitted. Once a lesson has been submitted, a student cannot switch from the pass-fail option to a letter-grade option. Students enrolling in Extended Studies college courses must adhere to the provisions outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog concerning the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) test. Contact the TASP Office in Admissions, 136 West Hall, for additional information.

Extended Studies courses are used to fulfill full-time student status on occasion. To petition use of such course hours toward full-time status (for financial aid, scholarships, health services, student services, etc.), obtain a computer printout of resident courses from the Registrar's Office, attach a receipt for Extended Studies courses, and submit documentation to the appropriate department (e.g., Financial Aid, Student Business Services, etc.) for a decision on the petition.

The following courses are available through Extended Studies:

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business

College of Education

College of Human Sciences

To check on the availability of these courses, please contact the Extended Studies office or visit the Extended Studies Web site at <www.dce.ttu.edu>.

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